Looking Back at Loan Mods: What Worked, What Didn’t, and What Can We Learn?

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As banks and government tried to stem the flow of foreclosures during the housing crisis there was a lot of debate (and criticism) about what needed to be done and how to do it. The acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Edward DeMarco fought tooth and nail to prevent Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs) from being forced to reduce the principal balances of their loans. Barrels of ink were consumed criticizing the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). Servicers were penalized for their misfeasance running it. Servicers set up several proprietary programs to modify loans held in mortgage-backed securities and bank portfolios. In addition, there was much criticism of homeowners who, it was alleged in some quarters, were quick to walk away from mortgages they never should…(read more)

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